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Sundance Amber Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Sundance Amber AleSundance Amber Ale

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97 Reviews
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Reviews: 97
Hads: 121
Avg: 3.39
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.85% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 06-12-2003

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Reviews: 97 | Hads: 121
Photo of brentk56
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a firm head that persists nicely and delivers a smattering of lace

Smell: Biscuity, with a hint of caramel

Taste: Lots of biscuity caramel up front, with a modest metallic, but spicy, hop element that emerges by mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt bill takes over and provides a rather sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really for those who prefer a malty amber, this beer is easy to consume but not particularly memorable

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It's an average beer for an average style. Decent red color and mild bready, malty flavor. The body falls a little light, which makes the beer thin and tasting a little metalic (may be hop related). Leaves a less-than-clean maltiness on the toung. The hops are quite assertive; though I like it, this throws the beer a bit more out of style. Good to chase down a meal, or quaff down in a pinch, but not one to seek out or make a big deal about.

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Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a copper hue with a one-finger head. Left no lace.

S - It smelled of malt and hops. There was also a spice-like aroma.

T - It tasted very malty with a slight hoppiness. It also was sweet at the back of the tongue.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - Pretty good amber. Nothing too special but it is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber-influenced orange with a slight reddish blush. The cap is on the large side, persists for a bit and eventually results in sheet-like lace several inches above its receding surface. The nose is an equal mix of caramel malt and citric-spicy hops. Not bad, not bad at all.

The beer is a bit of a letdown on the palate. My first impressions are: mild flavor, metallic notes, thin mouthfeel. Despite the decently robust nose, the malt structure is on the wimpy side. The hops (Chinook, Willamette, Cascade) should be outstanding, but are barely noticed. They provide a little flavor and a smidgen of bitterness, but that's about it. The metallic flavor fades after the first few mouthfuls, as it so often does.

Sundance Amber isn't bad beer, but it certainly isn't good beer either. More malt and more hops (the basics, basically) would be a good starting point to pull this beer up to the ranks of respectability in the American Amber/Red Ale category.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice clear light amber to copper color with a thinner white head but I nice sheet of lace was left behind as it settled.Lightly roasted malt and juicy fruit in the nose not much hop profile but this is a more traditional malt drived amber ale here,malt driven is the key here light carmale sweentess and some buttery toffee-like flavors overtop of a light roastedness with not much of a hop profile to speak of but for what it is its pretty darn good.A lighter quaffing amber better than alot of others amber ales out there,I would have again given the chance.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head covers a clear copper to gold colored beer.

A lighter aroma of caramel grain malts with maybe of touch of some hops sneaking in.

A seemingly balance taste of caramel malts and a bit of hops.

Very little aftertaste with very little tastes sticking around with this medium bodied and easy drinking amber.

Pretty easy drinking beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber to caramel with a 2 finger deep white head> Slight head retention and minimal lacing

Smell: Malt & caramel give way to alcohol as the beer warms

Taste: Caramel sweetness and slight bitterness on the tounge with some nuttiness and dryness in the finish

MF: Slightly chewy, malt character comes through, a little undercarbonated

Fairly drinkable just nothing special

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear heavily ruby toned gold with a thick head. Slight hop nose with not much else going on really. Flavor is too thin like the Pass Time Pale Ale I tried last. Almost watered down and overall weak. You get those characteristics you expect from the style, but there is no grace or beauty about it. Just lacking overall. Mouthfeel is good, but with so little to offer, the drinkability stays low.

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Photo of smcolw
2.79/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange amber and clear; excellent head. Little sticky lace.

Smells of wet autumn leaves. No hop spice; neutral malt smell. Disappointing.

The taste is an improvement, but not by much. The aroma still predominates the flavor here, although there is a hop presence. The malt tastes "dirty"; not like dirt, but unclean. Still the body is solid and the carbonation fits.

I'd avoid this one. I'll finish it but will not buy another.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good God, what possessed them to put this out, the need to satisfy the mindless masses who wouldn't want anything beyond a Coors Light or...what?
Appearance: clear, perfectly ambery color, bordering on bronze, with a decent 1/4 " cream-toned head.
Some presence on the palate at first,but very quickly vanishing. Almost no hops, as they didn't show in the nose, either. Malt is smooth and somewhat tasty, easy-going, eager to please. A bit flat in the end and, while a perfectly perfunctory, adequate ale, that ain't what I likes, and I'll never revisit this again, nossir!
Another BA referred to this as "insipid": Accoding to Webster's: 1. without distinctive or interesting qualities, 2.... without sufficient taste or flavor. I'd say this fits both definitions. There's nothing going on here, folks...look away..go on home, show's over...Boring, boring, boring..it'll be a trial to finish this 6-pack, and then, hopefully, happier days will come, when I'll have better brews filling the fridge!

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy pale and roasted barley scent. It is also dry and mildly hoppy. The taste is good. It has a decent malt base that is composed of pale and light crystal malts. It's smooth and hoppy on the finish. The floral hops stand out; very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's not the best I've had, but it's solid.

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Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, found in a deli in midtown NYC, go figure. Pours a light orangy amber, clear, average head, small bubble film and leaving respectable lace. Bready/hoppy nose. Balanced amber ale, decent malt base and resiny hops at the back end. Starter micro, godd session brew. Middle of the road decent brew.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear amber in color with a 2" head. Some light lace spots develops onthe glass.

Smell: some sweet caramel candy tones is all that's detectable.

Taste: caramel, fruity, brown sugar sweetness, and some mild bitterness levels.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smooth at the finish. Very short aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: easy to quaff - a nice session beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.
Amber color, looks good with medium head that did disappear after a while.
Smells of malt and a bit of lemon it seems.

Tastes like a full bodied bud, but still light. The color misleads as the malt is slight and the hops almost non-existant. Still it has a beer taste, not too fruity, not too bitter. Nothing spectacular, could drink a few.

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Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a small tan head. Fairly strong orange tint to this beer, but not really IPA Orange.

Smell is sweet and malt with a distinct sweet tea aroma. Toasted bred and faint herbal hops complete the scent profile.

The taste starts out sweet and bready with a mild bitter aftertaste. Just a mild middle of the road ale, quite a bit like Budweiser American Ale in flavor.

Mouthfeel is light.

An OK middle of the road type of ale good for an intro to ale. Experienced beer lovers may find this one a bit boring.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, nice carbonation, nice small head which leaves pretty quick. Nice lacing afterwards. Scents of sweet malts. Nice taste for an amber ale, sweet with a dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, nice beer. Would recommend, but there are nicer amber's out there.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From my notes of Oct 25, 2009:

It poured a clear dazzling reddish gold with over a finger's worth of foam. No lacing to speak of.

The smell was very bready and had some toastiness to it that made for a rather sweetish nose overall.

The taste brought the bread, light roasted malt, and a lot of sweet tones that was only offset by a very mild showing of some hops. I didn't enjoy the flavours much as there wasn't enough complexity, even for a simple Red Ale.

The body was between light and medium and the carbonation was medium.

Drinkability? I bought this as part of Boulder's Sampler pack and I'm glad I only have 3 more bottles to drink rather than 5. ;^) This just isn't my kind of Red....

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Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a amber/copper color with a thin white head that leaves a small amount of lacing. The nose is a faint aroma of sweet malt and some citrusy hops. The taste is roasted biscuity malts with a mild hop finish that is pretty well balanced. The flavor is a little too toned down for me but it is a highly drinkable red that would make a pretty decent session.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper appearance. Decent sized bubbly beige head. Retention is adequate. Pretty good caramel tones on the nose. Some slight brown sugar maybe. Caramel maltiness is upfront on the palate. Some slight bitter hop notes. And maybe some light grass notes. Body is about medium. Carbonation adequate. Pretty average tasting amber.

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Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer disengages the bottle a limpid deep amber color with the head modest in size, the texture frothy, the color a winsome light tan as it slowly disintegrates the lace left behind forms a fine curtain to drape the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and crisp, hints of caramel, start is sweet, nice malt presence, top is middling in feel, Finish is a bit sour, or tart if you prefer, the hops spicy and pleasant to the palate a decent drinking beer, and another nice all round beer from a nice all round brewery.

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Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

These Boulder beers would be great "cross over" beers for those macro friends you're trying to convert...they are so easy drinking and pretty tasty...no works of art, but just very quaffable entitites..

This pours a clean looking impressive amber...nose is malty and spicy too..the malts and hops intermingle very nicely on the nose....body is slightly thin, but not horrible in this regard....other than that this really works well...a nice caramel backbone, nutty...and some of that cookie dough characterist I found in the pale ale too...but what this delivers is a tight spicy finish....I think this is a well done amber ale....I would drink many more of these...just a bit of a watery mouthfeel brings the grade down some....overall though I would recommend this to beginner micro brew folks as well as the venerable quaffers as well...

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label reads "Necktar of the Vampires" and I am suspicious that this is simply relabeled sundance amber but whatever. This pours out a nice amber color with a perfect off-white head. Smell is malty as is the taste. Not much going on here but very drinkable and has a nice aftertaste of malt. I like the fact that they are supporting local arts.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.58/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark gold with a hint of red (garnet?), a nice beige head, good carbonation, and sheets of lace. Nice balanced nutty aroma and light hoppiness with light ground coffee notes. Primarily a nutty malt flavor with great balance, light smokiness and ground coffee character. Light-medium bodied and very session-able.

An excellent blend of malts - a superior amber ale without resorting to making it overly hoppy... an interesting variation.

Per R.B.Co. website:
Grains: U.S. Medium Caramel Malt, U.S. Roasted Barley, U.S. 2-Row Malted Barley.
Hops: Chinook, Willamette, Cascade.
Original Gravity: 12.5
Alcohol by Volume: 4.85%

Drink By?: AP0404 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 04/15/04

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Photo of tavernjef
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boulder's Sundance Amber which is different from their other amber with just the mountain on the label. This one has a sun setting behind a mountain range and a large bucket full of beer bottles in the foreground.
The color is a chill hazed amber with a finger high tannish tight and frothy head that dissolves to a thin ring and oily spots and strings of lace. Smell is barely noticeable of soft breadish malts, partially sweet and roasty and a mineral like quality, kinda off.
Taste is mild sweet and soft malts a touch toasty with a very light hop bitterness and a note of nuttyness of peanuts. Quite smooth and simple with just enough flavor to make it worth while to drink. Feel is a bit thin at first but picks up with a nice light nutty-featured texture and finishes crisp, dry, and easy. Good session beer, but beyond that its passable.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours the color of watery cherry Kool-Aid. The head is half and inch in height, and recedes slowly but leave no lacing. The aroma has a generic malt sweetness, with a hint of tropical fruit. This smells like far too many other none-interesting ambers I have had. It tastes just like all those other beers too, but with a little more flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Overall, this beer is a bore. I don't think I will have it again.

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Sundance Amber Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.